Best Dressed Exterior Windows and Window Boxes
Last blog I focused on best dressed interior windows and since I am in the process of beautifying my exterior windows here are some fabulous exterior windows.
Lots of things to love on this exterior, but the windows are perfect.
Great look with embellishment variations per floor.
Am wondering if the interior is as magnificent as the exterior?
We are adding window boxes to our Gothic style windows. It is late to be planting, but I will be ready for next year with all this great inspiration and planter tips.
The more window boxes you have, the simpler the design should be.Window boxes are great but they are, as Tim Gunn would say, “a lot of look.” Keep your plant choices to complimentary colors and no more than two or three different plants and then plant every box the same.
Or just one plant. This looks beautiful.
The higher your window boxes are, the simpler, and “bigger” the look should be, like geraniums.
In any container planting, you want to mix things up (unless you are going for a very contemporary look, in which case a line of plants all the same height—grasses grown in almost a hedge look, for example—might look very cool). The tallest plant should be in the middle and things should gradually decrease in size from there. Be careful, though, to to keep scale in mind. Spillers should be consistent throughout the box.
Be warned if you use the sweet potato vine it can overwhelm all the other plants in your window box. A better alternative is one of the new sweet potato vines that are supposed to be much more well-mannered, or Lysimachia nummularia ‘Aurea’ (creepy jenny), which still offers that nice color.
I am definitely going to use Creepy Jenny. I have some in my front bed and it is beautiful.
Repetition is the key to successful window box design. Pick a few plants and repeat them in your design. Whereas a patio container will look great with clumps of color, if you do that in a window box it will look off balance. Symmetry is a great thing in window boxes.
6. Keep the conditions in mind. You can push the limits on a lot of container plants moving them to get all plants in the sun, but window boxes don’t move and they live in some pretty harsh conditions. Imagine how windy it can be on the top floor of house. Also, since they can be against the side of the house, a northern exposure is going to get basically nothing in the way of light, whereas a container just a few feet from the house would at least get some light. Planters on the south side of a very reflective white house run the risk of being fried to death. I purchased window planters that have self-watering reservoirs in the box to counteract this.
Devon with corbels
Choose what you love. More care is spent picking the plants for a container than almost any other part of the garden. Each is placed purposefully in a container and because they need so much attention, they are the plants we are most likely to study every day. So if any of all of those guidelines above don’t fit with what you want to put in a window box, then ignore them! If it looks good to you, that’s all that matters. Since it is so late in the season I am basically planting what I found that I love; white mandevilla, impatiens and variegated ivy. I think I need two more ivy plants for each corner.
Love the use of succulents.
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